The Indiana County commissioners Wednesday honored the family owners of a prominent Indiana business and a retired Indiana businessman for his eight decades of volunteer service to his community and nation.
The commissioners approved a proclamation to be presented March 11 when the Reschini Group receives the 2014 Distinguished Family Business Award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Family Business at the Eberly College of Business.
The proclamation notes that when Rose Reschini founded the Reschini Insurance Agency in 1938, it was the first of its kind in the nation and the first such agency in Pennsylvania founded by a woman.
Rose’s husband, Joseph Reschini, joined the agency in 1941, and their son, Roger Reschini, joined the firm in 1964.
The Reschini Agency Inc. remains one of the primary corporations of the Reschini Group.
In 2006, a third generation of the Reschini family was welcomed when Roger’s son, Joe Reschini, joined the Reschini Group as chief operating officer.
In a second proclamation, the commissioners honored Jack Hammerle, described by Chairman Rod Ruddock as “a contributor to the success of Indiana County.”
Hammerle served 18 years on the Indiana Area school board, 23 years on the Indiana County Housing Authority and 36 years on the Indiana County Redevelopment Authority. He also served with the U.S. Air Force in Korea from 1951 to 1955, for a total of 81 years of service to his community, county and country.
When Hammerle returned home from military service he started and for many years operated One-Hour Downtown Dry Cleaners in Indiana. Hammerle is moving to New York to live with his daughter.
In other action Wednesday, the commissioners approved contracts with two more churches — the United Presbyterian Church of Blairsville and Penn Run Church of the Brethren — to be partners in Project Share. Project Share is a collaborative network of churches and human services agencies that pool services and monetary contributions to help the needy in the county.
Project Share, now with 22 participating partners, is coordinated by the Indiana County Department of Human Services.
The commissioners also approved a contract with Wessel & Company, of Johnstown, to complete the audit of former Blairsville Borough tax collector Carol Tarasovich, who resigned in January. The additional auditing work may cost the county $1,500.
And the commissioners appointed seven people — Carson Greene Jr., Richard Gibbons, John Bertolino, Milt Lady, James Dickson, Commissioner Patricia Evanko and Commissioner Michael Baker as an alternate — to two-year terms on the county’s Local Emergency Preparedness Planning Commission.